What I would consider to be ‘professional’ book reviewing is the work that I’ve done with the UKLA this year. Here’s a breakdown of what that entails, how to get involved, and when you’ll get to hear about what I’ve been reading. … More How I became a professional book reviewer
Feedback is an essential part of life, in school or otherwise. How do you know how you’ve done in something if nobody tells you? Here’s how to do a better job of it in the classroom 👨🏻🏫 … More Learning with our mistakes | Feedback in the classroom
There were some pretty great reads throughout 2021, but which were my favourites? More importantly, did I learn anything from them? 📚 … More 25 books in 2021 | Which were my 5 favourites?
Doug Lemov once said that practice makes permanent – and it’s true. The more we practice, the more we will remember what we have practiced. Will what we recall be correct? Hopefully, but not if we’ve consistently practiced the wrong thing. … More Practice makes permanent | Secrets to success
Teachers are role models. Every day, we model good behaviour. It’s part of the job. It’s, largely, the easy part. What’s much harder is modelling the content and exam skills required to do well in your subject. … More Modelling made easy
Have you ever had someone talk at you, seemingly for hours on end, without even so much as the appearance of letting up? Same. It’s not great, is it? Now imagine you’re the one doing the talking, you finish chatting, and your students respond with blank faces. … More To question or not to question? Using AFL in the classroom effectively
Ever wondered why your class, tutee, or even a friend just isn’t getting it? Could be an issue with your explanations, I’m afraid, so have a read of my key takeaways from Chris Runeckles’ chapter on this teaching principle in his book, Making Every History Lesson Count.
You might be astounded by what you learn. … More Easy explanation in three simple steps
I’ve read Chris Runeckles’ Making Every History Lesson Count so that you don’t have to. These are my key takeaways from his chapter on challenge, with easy strategies that you can implement from day one of the new teaching term. … More How to challenge every student – the easy way
I’ve read a lot more in the past four months than I ever expected to, but some stories have been better than others. Here’s a quarterly roundup, including a spoiler-free summary for each book and who should find themselves reading it. … More 4 months of reading more
Let’s fast forward to early 2021, and I’ve already exceeded last year’s total, well on the way to exceeding this year’s goal. What’s my secret for making so much reading progress this year? … More The Joy of Speed Listening | Productivity Hacks